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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Majd Atieh in Twelver Opinion On The Mu'tazila School Of Thought   
    I for one lament the demise of the Mutazilah school of thought in Sunni Islam. The Asharite victory led to the anti-intellectual tendencies that we see in Sunni Islam today. By closing the door of reasoning, it led to the birth of the extremist movements in Sunnism like the Wahabbis/Salafis. The Mutazilah were closer to the Shia in many aspects of religion and had they prevailed, there would be lesser divide between Sunnis and Shias and Muslims overall would be better off.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Good tafseer in English?   


    Jazakallah khayr for the link, Bro. shabbirn. :) Excellent tafsir.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Northwest in Missionaries Under Cover   


    Notice how Christian missionaries target countries with mainly poor, uneducated people. They will never go to a college or university to preach where I believe there are more souls that need saving. That's because an independent and intellectual person will never accept the Christian doctrine. It's only the poor and ignorant that fall prey to the missionaries. An ignorant mind is like a blank sheet, one can draw on it whatever he wants. These people who are often starving will gladly accept whatever you give them in exchange for food, and that's why the Christian missionary approach them with a plate of food in one hand and a Bible in the other.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Northwest in Why Is The Islamic World So Behind The West?   
    Most of the posters have already hit on the main reasons for the regression of Muslims - imperialism, exploitation, lack of education, etc.  so I won't rehash those points.
    Apart from all this, it's ultimately the attitude of Muslims that doomed them and continues to even today.  Someone earlier mentioned the tendency of Muslims to learn to live with their problems instead of trying to solve them like the West.  There is some truth to this and the concept of kismet/fate that many Muslims believe in is root cause of this problem.  Islam's prosperity in its early days began to diminish once Muslims adopted the attitude that whatever befell them, good or bad, was Allah's (SWT) doing and there was no point in seeking out their own destiny.  If for example an oppressive ruler came to power this was deemed to be Allah's will.  With this defeatest attitude, it's no wonder that Muslims learned to put up with all the problems they've faced for centuries.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Northwest in Narjis Al-khatoon   
    Gotta love desis and their obsession with light skin. I've seen plenty of dark skinned Rizvi sayyids from Pakistan and India and dark sayyids in general. And yes, they were the "pure" najibut turfains.
    Hard to say. Arabs come in all shapes and colors, from European looking to African. My guess is its somewhere in the middle: middle-eastern features with tan skin. That's how I've heard the Prophet (pbuh) described as.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Northwest in Stupid Parents Make Infants Watch Tv   
    There is a real danger in putting infants in front of the TV. Their brains are not developed enough to process the sensory images and a recent study that shows that for this reason children who watch a lot of TV before the age of 3 are more prone to developing autism.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Zaydism in Blaise Pascal....a thief?   


    Possible, but I'm sure people had thought about that a long time ago. Pascal was an enemy of Islam though, so I doubt he had ever studied the works of Muslim scholars let alone Imam Jafar as-Sadiq (as).

    Christian scholars in the latter part of the middle ages borrowed a lot from from Islam. Thomas Aquinas' theology came from the Mutazilites who in turn were influenced by Ahl al-Bayt (as).
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in List of halal fish   

    I found this list on a Jewish website.  According to kosher dietary rules, Jews can only eat those fish with both fins and scales similar to what the shariah says about eating fish with scales.  

    Please doublecheck though just to make sure because it might not be 100% correct.

    From http://www.kashrus.org/kosher/kosher_fish.html :



    Albacore See: Mackerels Alewife See: Herrings
    Amberjack See: Jacks
    Anchovies (Family Engraulidae). Including: European anchovy (Engraulis i encrasciolus), North of California anchovv (En¢raulis mordax4.
    Angelfishes and butterfly fishes (Family Chaetodontidae). Including: Angelfishes (Holacanthus species, Pomacanthus species).
    Atlantic Pomfret or Ray's Bream (Brama brama)
    Ballyhoo See: Flyingfishes
    Barracudas (Family Sphyraenidae) Including: Barracudas and kakus (Sphyraena species).
    Bass , Sea Basses. Temperate basses, Sunfishes, Drums
    Bigeyes (Family Priacanthidae). Including: Bigeyes or aweoweos (Priacanthus species).
    Blackfish See: Carps, Wrasses
    Blacksmith See: Damselfishes
    Blueback See: Flounders, Herrings, Trouts
    Bluefish or snapper blue (Pomatomus saltarix)
    Bluegill See: Sunfishes
    Bocaccio See: Scorpionfishes
    Bombay duck (Harpadeon nehereus)
    Bonefish (Albula vulpes)
    Bonito See: Cobia, Mackerels
    Bowfin Freshwater dogfish, or grindle (Amia calva)
    Bream See: Carps, Atlantic pomfret, Porgies
    Brill See: Flounder
    Buffalo fishes See: Suckers
    Burbot See: Codfishes
    ButterFishes (Family Stromateidae), Including: Butterfish (Peprilus tracanthus); Pacific pompano (Peprilus similimus); harvestfishes (Peprilus species)
    Butterfly fish See: angelfish
    Cabrilla See: Sea Basses
    Calico bass See: Sunfishes
    Capelin See: Smelts
    Carps and minnows (Family Cyprinidae), Including: the carp, leather carp, mirror carp (Cyprinus carpio); Crucian carp (Carassius carassius); Goldfish (Carassius auratus); tench (Tinca tinca); Splittail (Pogonichthys macrolepidotus); Squawfishes (Ptychocheilus species); Scramento backfish or hardhead (Orthodon microlepidotus); Freshwater breams (Abramis species, Blicca species); Roach (Rutilus rutilus).
    Carosucker See: Suckers
    Caviar (Must be from a kosher fish) See: Trouts and whitefishes (salmon), Lumpsuckers (non kosher), Sturgeons (non kosher).
    Cero See: Mackerels
    Channel bass See: Drums Char See: Trouts
    Chilipepper See: Scorpionfishes
    Chinook salmon See: Trouts
    Chup See: Trouts, Sea chubs Cichlids (Family Chichilidae), Including: Tilapias (Tilapia species); Mozambique mouthbrooder (Tilapia mossambica); Cichlios (Cichlasoma species); Rio Grande perch (Cichlasoma cyanoguttatum)
    Cigarfish See: Jacks
    Cisco See: Trouts
    Coalfish See: Codfishes
    Cobia, cabio, or black bonito (Rachycentron canadum) Cod, cultus, black, blue, or ling. See: Greenlings, Sablefish
    Codfishes (Family Gadidae), Including: Cod (Gadus morhua), Haddock (Melanogrammus aegiefinus); Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus); Pollock, saithe, or coalfish (Pollachius virens); Walleye pollock (Theragra chalcogramma); Hakes (Urophycis species); Whiting (Meriangiu meriangus); Blue whiting or poutassou (Micromesistius poutassou); Burbot, lawyer, or freshwater ling (lota lota); Tomcods or frostfishes (Microgradus species).
    Coho salmon See: Trouts
    Corbina or Corvina, See: Drums
    Cottonwick See: Grunts
    [Edited Out]plie See: Sunfishes
    Creville See: Jacks
    Croacker See: Drums
    Crucian carp See: Carps
    Cubbyu See: Drums
    Cunner See: Wrasses Dab See: Flounders
    Damselfishes (Family Pomacentridae). Including: Blacksmith (Chromis punctipinnis); Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicunda).
    Doctorfish See: Surgeonfishes
    Dolly Varden See: Trouts
    Dolphin fishes or mahimahis (Coryphaena species) Not to be confused with the Mammal called Dolphin or Porpoise, which is non kosher.
    Drums and croakers (Family Sciaenidae), Including: Seatrouts and carvinas (Cynoscion species); Weakfish (Cynoscion nebulosus); White seabass (Cynoscion nobillis); Croakers (micropogon species, Bairdiella species, Odontoscion species); Silver perch (Bairdiella chyrsura); White or King croaker (Genyonemus lineatus); Black croaker (cheilottena saturnum); Spotfin croaker (Roncadorstearnsi); Yellowfin croaker(Umbrinaroncador); Drums (Pogonias species, Stellifer species, Umbrina species); Red drum or channel bass (Sciaenops ocallata); Freshwater drum (Aplodinotus grunniens); Kingfishes or king whitings (Menticirrhus species); California corbina (Menticirrhus undulatus); spot or lafayette (Leiostomus xanthurus); Queenfish (Seriphus politus); Cubbyu or ribbon fish (Equetus umbrosus).
    Eulachon See: Smelts
    Flounders (Families Bothidae and Pleuronectidae). Including: Flounders (Paralichthys species, Liopsetta species, Platichthys species,etc.); Starry flounder (Platichthys stellatus); Summer flounder or fluke (Paralichthys denatus); Yellowtail flounder (limanda ferrugina); Winter flounder, lemon sole or blackback (Pseudopleuronectes americanus); Halibuts (Hippoglossus species); California halibut (Paralichthys Californicus); Bigmouth sole (Hippoglossina stomata); Butter of scalyfin sole (Isopsetta isolepis); "Dover" sole (Microstomus pacificus); "English" sole (Parophrys vetulus); Fantail sole (Xystreurys liolepis); Petrale sole (Eopsetta jordan); Rex sole (Glyptocephalus zichirus); Rock sole (Lepidopsetta bilineata); Sand Sole (Psettichthys melanostictus); Slender sole (Lyopsetta exillis); Yellowfin sole (Limanda aspera); Pacific turbots (Pleuronichthys species); Curlfin turbot or sole (Pleuronichthys decurrens); Diamond turbot (Hypsopsetta guttulata); Greenland turbot or halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides); Sanddabs (Citharichthys species); Dabs (Limanda species); American plaice (Hippoglossoides platessoides); European plaice (Pleuronectes platessa); Brill (scophthalmus rhomus). But not including: European turbot (Scophthalmus maximus or Psetta maximus).
    Fluke See: Flounders
    Flyingfishes and halfbeaks (Family Exocoetidae); Flyingfishes (Cypselurus species, and others); Ballyhoo or balao (Hemiramphus species).
    Frostfish See: Codfishes
    Gag See: Sea basses
    Garibaldi See: Damselfishes
    Giant kelpfish (Heterostichus rostratus)
    Gizzard shad See: Herrings
    Goatfishes or surmullets (Family Mullidae). Including: Goatfishes (Mullus species, Pseudupeneus species); Wekes or goatfishes (Mulloidichthys species, Upeneus species); Kumu (Parupeneus species); Red mullet (Mullus surmuletus).
    Gobies (Family Gobidae), Including: Bigmouth sleeper or guavina (Gobiomorus dormitor); Sirajo goby (sicydium plumieri)
    Goldeye and mooneye (Hiodon alosoides and Hiodon tergisus).
    Goldfish See: Carps
    Grayling See: Trouts
    Graysby: See: Sea basses
    Greenlings (Family Hexagrammidae), Including: Greenlings (Hexagrammos species); Kelp greenling or seatrout (Hexagrammos decagrammus); Lingcod, cultus orblue cod (Ophiodonelongatus); Atkamackerel (Pleurogrammus monopterygius).
    Grindle See: BowEin
    Grouper See: Sea basses
    Grunion See: Silversides
    Grunts (Family Pomadasyldae), Including; Grunts (Haemulon species, Pomadasys species); Margate (Haemulon album); Tomtate (Haemulon aurolineattum); Cottonwick (Haemulon melanurum); Sailors choice (Haemulon parral); Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus); Black margate (Anisotremus surinamensis); Sargo (Anisotremus davidsoni); Pigfish (Orthopristis chrysoptera).
    Guavina See: Gobies
    Haddock See: Codfishes
    Hake See also Codfishes
    Hakes (Family Meriucciidae), Including: Hakes (Merluccius species); Silver hake or whiting (Meriuccius bilinearis); Pacific hake or meriuccio (Meriuccius productus)
    Halfbeak See: Flying fish
    Halfmoon See: Sea chubs
    Halibut See: Flounders
    Hamlet See: Sea basses
    Hardhead See: Carps
    Harvestfish See: Butterfishes
    Hawkfishes (Family Cirrhitidae). Including: Hawkfishes (Cirrhitus species).
    Herrings (Family Clupeidae), Including: Atlantic and Pacific herring (Clupae harengus subspecies); thread herrings (Opisthonema species); Shads (Alosa species); Shad or glut herring, or blueback (Alosa aestivalis); Hickory shad (Alosa mediocris); Alewife or river herring (Alosa pseudoharengus); Gizzard shads (Dorosoma species); Menhadens or mossbunkers (Brevoortia species); Spanish sardines (Sardineila anchovia); European sardine or pilchard (Sardina pilchardus); Pacific sardine or pilchard (Sardinops sagax); Spart (Sprattus sprattus)
    Hind See: Sea bass
    Hogchocker See: Soles
    Hogfish See: Wrasses
    Horse mackerel See: Jacks
    Jack Mankerel See: Jacks
    Jacks and Pompanos (Family Charangidae) Including: Pompanos, palometas, and permits (Trachionotus species); Amberjacks and yellowtails (Seriola species); California yellowtail (Seriola dorsalls); Scads and cigarfish (Decapterus species, Selar species, Trachurus species); Jack mackerel or horse mackerel (Trachurus symmetricus); Jacks and uluas (Caranx species, Carangoides species); Crevalles (Caranx species); Blue runner (Caranx crysos); Rainbow runner (Elagatis bipinnulata); Moonfishes (Vomer species); Lookdown (Selene vomer); Leatherback or lae (Scomberoides sanctipetri); BUT NOT INCLUDING: Leatherjacket (Oligoplites saurus).
    Jacksmelt See: Silversides
    Jewfish See: Sea basses.
    John Dory (Zeus faber)
    KelpSish See: Giant Kelpfish
    Kingfish See: Drums, mackerels Ladyfish, or tenpounder (Elops saurus)
    Lafayette See: Drums
    Lake Herring See: Trouts
    Lance or Launce See: Sand lances
    Largemouth bass See: Sunfishes
    Lawyer See: Codfishes
    Leatherback See: Jacks
    Lingcod See: Greenlings
    Lizardfishes (Family Synodontidae)
    Lookdown See: Jacks
    Mackerel See also: Jacks
    Mackerels, Atka See: Greenlings
    Mackerels and tunas (Family Scombridae), Including: Mackerels (Scomber species, Scomberomorus species, Auxis species); Spanish mackerels, cero, and sierra (Scomberomorus species); King mackerel or kingfish (Scomberomorus cavalla); Bonitos (Sarda species); Wahoo (Acanthocybius solanderi); tunas (Thunnus species, Euthynnus species); Skipjack tunas (Euthynnus or Katsuwonus species); Albacore (thunnus alalunga) But not including: Snake mackerels
    Mahimahi See: Dolphin fishes
    Margate See: Grunts
    Menhaden See: Herrings
    Menpachii See: Squirrelfishes
    Merluccio See: Hakes
    Milkfish or awa (Chanos chanos)
    Mojarras (Family Gerreidae) including: Mojarras (Eucinostomus species, Gerres species, Diapterus species) Monkeyface [Edited Out]leback or eel (Cebidichthys violaceus)
    Mooneye See: Goldeye Moonfsh See: Jacks
    Mossbunker See: Herrings
    Mouthbrooder See: Cichlids
    Mullet See: Goatfishes
    Mullets (Farnily Mugilidae) including: Mullets and amaamas (Mugil species); Uouoa (Neomyxus chaptallii); Mountain mullets or dajaos (agonostomus species)
    Muskellunge See: Pikes
    Mutton hamlet See: Sea basses
    Muttonfish See: Snappers
    Needlefishes (Family Beslonidae) Needlefishes or marine gars (strongylura species, Tylosuru species)
    Opaleye See: Sea clubs
    Palometa See: Jacks
    Parrotfishs (Family Scaridae) including: Parrotfishes and uhus (Scarus species, Slparisoma species)
    Perch See also: Temperate basses, Drums, Cichlids, Surfperches, Scorpionfishes
    Perches (Family Percidae) including: Yellow perch (Perca flavescens); Walleye, pike perch, or yellow or blue pike (Stizostedion vitreum); Sauget (Stizostedion canadense)
    Permit See: Jacks
    Pickerel See: Pike
    Pigfish See: Grunts Pike See also: Perches
    Pikes (Family Esocidae) including; Pike (esox lucius); Pickerels (Esox species); Muskellunge (esox masquinongy)
    Pikeperch See: Perches
    Pilchard See Herrings
    Pinfish See: Porgies
    Plaice See: Flounders
    Pollock. See: Codfishes
    Pomfret. See: Atlantic pomfret
    Pompano See: Jack, Butterfishes
    Porgies and sea breams (Family Sparidae). Including: Porgies (Calamus species, Diplodus species, Pagrus species); Scup (Stenotomus chrysops); Pinfish (Lagodon rhomboides); Sheepshead (Archosargus probatocephalus)
    Porkfish See: Gruntts
    Poutassou See: Codfishes
    [Edited Out]leback See: Monkeyface [Edited Out]leback, Rock[Edited Out]leback (non kosher).
    Queenfish See: Drums
    Quillback See: Suckers
    Rabalo See: Snooks
    Ray's bream See: Atlantic pomfret
    Red snapper See: Snappers Redfish See: Scorpionfishes, Wrasses
    Roach See: Carps Rock bass See: Sunfishes
    Rockhind See: Sea basses
    Rockfish See: Scorpionfishes. Temperate basses
    Rosefish See: Scorpionfishes
    Rudderfish See: Sea chubs
    Runner See: Jack
    Sablefish or black cod (Anoplopoma fimbria)
    Sailors choice See: Grunts Saithe See: Codfishes
    Salmon See: Trouts
    Sand lances, launces, or eels (Ammodytes species)
    Sardine See: Herrings
    Sargo See: Grunts
    Sauger See: Perches
    Scad See: Jacks
    Scamp See: Sea basses
    Schoolmaster See: Snappers
    Scorpionfishes (family Scorpaenidae), Including: Scorpionfishes (Scorpaena species); California scorpionfish or sculpin (Scorpaena guttata); Nohus (Scorpaenopsis species); Redfish, rosefish, or ocean perch (Sebasters marinus); rockfishes (Sebasters species, Sebastodes species); Pacific ocean perch (Sebastes alutus); Chilipepper (Sebastes goodel); Bocaccio (Sebastes paucipinus); Shortspine thornyhead or channel rockfish (Sebastolobus alascanus)
    Scup See: Porgies
    Sea bass See also: Temperate basses, drums, Sea basses (Family Serranidae) including: Black sea basses (Centropristis species); Groupers (Epinephelus species, and Mycteroperca species); Rockhind (Epinephelus adscensionis); Speckled hind (Epinephelus drummondhayi); Red hind (Epinephelus guttatus); Jewfish (Epinephelus itajara); Spotted cabrilla (Epinephelus analogus); Gag (Mycteroperca microlepis); Scamp (Mycteroperca phenax); Graysby (petrometopon cruentatum); Mutton hamlet (Alphestes afer) Sand bass, kelp bass, and spotted bass (Paralabrax species)
    Sea bream See: Porgies
    Sea chubs (Family Kyphosidae) including: Bermuda chug or rudderfish (Kyphosus sectatrix); Opaleye (Girella nigrican); Halfmoon (Medialuna californiensis)
    Seaperch See: Surfperches
    Searobins (Family Triglidae); Searobins (Prionotus species)
    Seatrout See: Drums, Greenlings, Steelhead
    Shad See: Herrings
    Sheepshead See: Porgies, Wrasses Sierra See: Mackerels
    Silversides (Family Athernidae) including: Whitebait, spearing, or silversides (Menidia species); California grunion (Leurusthes tenuis); Jacksmelt (Atherinopsis californiensis); Topsmelt (Atherinops affinis)
    Sirajo goby See: Gobies
    Skipjack See Mackerels
    Sleeper See Gobies
    Smallmouth bass See Sunfishes
    Smelts (Family Osmeridae) including: Smelts (Osmerus species); Capelin (Malotus villosus); Eullachon (Thaleichthys pacificus)
    Snapper blue See: Bluefish
    Snappers (Family Lutjanidae) including: Snappers (Lutjanus species); Schoolmaster (Lutjanus apodus); Muttonfish or mutton snapper (Lutjanus analis); Red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus); Yellowtail snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus); Kalikali (Pristipomoides sieboldi); Opakapaka (Pristipomoides microlepis); Onaga (Etelis carbunculus)
    Snooks (Family Centropomidae) including: Snooks orrabalos (Centropomus species)
    Sockeye salmon See: Trouts
    Sole See also: Flounders
    Soles (Family Soleidae), Including: Sole or true sole (solea solea); Lined sole (Achirus lineatus); Hogchoker (Trinectes maculatus).
    Spadefishes (Family Ephippidae). Including: Spadefishes (Chaetodipterus species)
    Spanish mackerel See: Mackerels
    Spearing See: Silversides
    Splitttail See: Carps
    Spot See: Drums
    Sprat See: Herrings
    Squawfish See: Carp
    Squirrelfishes (Family Holocentridae), Including: Squirrelfishes (Holocentrus species); Menpachii (Myripristis species).
    Steelhead See: Trouts
    Striped bass See: Temperate basses
    Suckers (Family Catostomidae). Including: Buffalo fishes (Ictiobus species); Suckers (Catostomus species, Moxostoma species); Quillbacks or carpsuckers (Carpiodes species)
    Sunfishes (Family Centrarchidae). Including: Freshwater basses (Micropterus species); Largemouth bass (Microterus salmoides); Smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieui); Sunfishes (Lepomis species); Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus); Warmouth (Lepomis macrochirus); Rock bass or red eye (Ambloplites rupestris); [Edited Out]pies or calico basses (Pomoxis species)
    Surfperches (Famly Embiotocidae). Including: Surfperches (Amphistichus species, Hyperprosopon species); Seaperches (Embiotoca species, Hypsurus species, Phanerodon species, Rhacochilus species); Blackperth (Embiotoca jacksoni); Pile perch (Rhacochilus vacca); Shiner perch (Cymatogaster aggregata).
    Surgeonfishes (Family Acanthuridae). Including: Surgeonfishes and tangs (Acanthurus species, Zebrasoma species); Doctorfish (Acanthurus chirugus); Unicornfishes or kalas (Naso species).
    Tang See: Surgeonfishes
    Tarpon (Megalops atlantica)
    Tautog See: Wrasses
    Temperate basses (Family Percichthyidae). Including: Striped bass or rockfish (morone saxatillis); Yellow bass (Morone mississippiensis); White bass (Morojne chrysops); White perch (Morone americana); Giant California sea bass (Stereolepis gigas)
    Tench See: Carps
    Tenpounder See Ladyfish
    Threadfins (Family polynemidae) including: Blue bobo (Polydactylus approximans); Barbu (Polydactylus virginicus); Moi (Polydactylus sexfilis)
    Tilapia See: Cichlids
    Tilefishes (Family Branchiostegidae) including: tilefish (Logholatilus chamaeleonticeps) Ocean whitefish (Caulolatilus princeps)
    Tomcod See: Codfishes
    Tomtate See: Grunts
    Tomsmelt See: Silversides
    Tripletail (Lobotes surinamensis) Trouts and whitefishes (Family Salmonidae) including: Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar); Pacific salmons (Oncorhtnchus species); Coho or silver salmon; sockeye, blueback or red salmon; chinook, king or spring salmon; pink or humpback salmon; chum, dog or fall salmon, Trouts (Salmo species) Brown trout, rainbow trout or steelhead, cutthroat trout, golden trout, Chars (Salvelinus species); Lake trout, brook rout, Arctic char, Dolly Varden, Whitefishes and ciscos (coregonus species and Prosopium species); Cisco or lake herring (Corengonus artedii); chubs (coregonus species); graylings (thymallus Species)
    Tuna See: Mackerels
    Turbot See Flounder (some non kosher)
    Unicornfish See: Surgeonfishes
    Wahoo See: Mackerels
    Walleye See: Perches
    Walleye pollock See: Codfishes
    Warmouth See: Sunfishes
    Weakfishes See: Drums
    WhiteFish See: Trouts, Tilefishes
    Whiting See: Codfishes, Hakes, Drums
    Wrasses (Family Labridae) including: Hogfishes and aawas (Bodianus species); Hogfish or capitaine (Lachnolaimus maximus); Tautog or blackfish (Tautoga onitis); California sheephead or redfish (Pimelometopon pulchrum); Cunner, chogset, or bergall (Tautogolabrus adspersus)
    Yellowtail See: Jacks
    Yellowtail snapper See Snappers
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in How Fair Is The System Of Khums Today?   
    Sure, but it would be the same as paying zakat on currency.  As long as both zakat and khums are being collected, it will bring parity to alms distribution.  Given that the banking system across the word uses paper money and won't be returning to gold & silver anytime soon, it would be easier to make zakat on currency wajib.
    The late Ayatullah Fadlullah was the only marja who recognized this and ruled zakat payable on all forms of money.  Hopefully with time, other scholars will do the same and bring the Islamic taxation rules up to date.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in How Fair Is The System Of Khums Today?   
    This is something that's been on my mind recently and I'd like to hear what others have to say about it.  As Shias, we are required to pay 20% khums on our annual income after expenses. A sizeable amount compared other other Islamic taxes.  Of that, half goes towards supporting the religious centers of learning, building mosques, and other charitable causes.  The other half goes to needy sayyids.  At the same time, we are not obligated to pay zakat on our income per the rulings of most scholars today.  Zakat as most of you know is on certain non-monetary things like cattle, sheep, gold, and silver.  Khums on the other hand is on all forms of wealth and income.  So say a person makes $100000/year and manages to save $40000 of it.  He would then owe $8000 in khums but no zakat is due.
    This strikes me as being somewhat unbalanced.  We effectively pay 10% of our income to needy sayyids, but what about the needy amongst non-sayyids?  Considering that they aren't even receiving the 2.5% zakat that was intended for the poor at large, if we only paid wajib alms, technically they would receive next to nothing.  It seems the amount we're required to give in charity to sayyids is disproportionally larger than what's doled out to non-sayyids especially when there are a lot more of them.  I know some people will point to sadaqa and other charity that non-sayyids receive but sayyids can also receive mustahib alms so that's really a moot point.  Besides, mustahib charity is just that and a person isn't obligated to give it.
    Another question might be raised here, do the needy amongst the sayyids even need half of the khums?  When I think about it, 20% of the wealth of the entire ummah is a HUGE sum of money.  Certainly there is a share in it that belongs to the sayyids, but you will very likely wind up with a large surplus.  It's interesting that even the late Imam Khomeini wondered the same thing in his book Hukumati Islamia:
    Now before anyone accuses me of being anti-sayyid or anti-khums (I'm neither and duly pay my share every year) - I understand the reason why khums was instituted in the first place.  The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) established zakat (required) sadawa, kharaj, and jizaya for the poor and didn't take a single dirham for him and his family.  This was to avoid accusations of conflict of interest.  So Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì instituted khums to provide a share for the needy amongst the Prophet's descendants.  Back then it made sense because zakat and other charity were actively collected from all Muslims and along with khums, this provided a means existed to aid all needy Muslims.  But today it appears that with zakat becoming all but obsolete, perhaps the maraje need to reexamine the laws of zakat and khums to ensure that charity is distributed equally and equitably to all needy momins.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in Scary beliefs of Akhbari sect   


    From http://www.akhbari.org/differences.htm :

    11. The prophet and 13 infallibles are equal and same in all and every aspect

    13. Subtractions and alterations were made in Holy Quran.

    14. Gaining knowledge about divinity (Marefate Noorania) of Prophet Mohammed (S.A) and His Progeny (A.S). Is compulsory

    17. Salvation is only through deep love and affection for Imam Ali (A.S) and through gaining knowledge of his divinity. (Practices (aamal) are intensively demanded).
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from HakimPtsid in Ali Quli Qara'i Translation Of Quran   
    I read the samples on the website and personally, I still prefer M.H. Shakir's translation. No translation ever comes close to the real thing but I find Shakir's the most moving.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in Did Uthman Change Quran In Anyway?   
    But can you see how hadith like these can plant doubts in people's minds about the genuineness of the Quran we have today? Anti-Islamicsts too can use this to criticize Islam.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Abu_Zahra in Who do you want to see win the 2016 presidential elections?   
    I highly doubt that. Bernie is more determined now than ever given his surging popularity.  If anything, it's Trump who is running to win not to become President.  
    Hillary is a bought and paid for Wall Street and AIPAC puppet while the other Republican candidates are itching to start WW3.  Bernie is the only sane option.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Abu_Zahra in Donald J. Trump [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
    Trump's foreign policy is blanket xenophobia and he changes his positions so frequently you can't be sure what's going to do.  Yes he's criticized Saudi Arabia and wants to limit US involvement in the Middle East so in that sense he's better than Hillary who's BFFs with Israel and Arab dictators, but again there's no assurance there because he's so unpredictable.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Abu_Zahra in Buddha was an arif   
    I doubt Buddha was a prophet.  That's because there is no concept of god in Buddhism, a core tenant of Islam, and in fact Buddha himself believed in many gods.  Other Buddhist beliefs like reincarnation are foreign to Islam.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Abu_Zahra in Does Allah want us to fast 20 hour a day?   
    17 hour fasts can admittedly be pretty brutal sometimes.  But let's put it into perspective.  A 12 hour fast in the scorching Arabian desert a millennia ago was no walk in the park either.  
    We only have to do it for a month.  For many impoverished people around the world, that's a way of life.  The point of fasting in Ramadan is to feel the pain of our brethren and develop some empathy.  
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Abu_Zahra in How Fair Is The System Of Khums Today?   
    I flipped through that book and it looks dubious.  The author seems to be an akhbari who rails against a number of Shia practices like  khums, ijtehad, and taqlid.
    That hadith is either misquoted or not sahih, because it's well known that khums was collected by the Imam's (عليه السلام) deputies during the Minor Occultation.  Furthermore that book also claims Imam Muhammad Baqir (عليه السلام) waived khums for the Shias, which contradicts other hadith from him stating the contrary as well as the later Imams (عليه السلام) who upheld the institution of khums and collected it from their followers.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Hameedeh in Eid Qunoot   
    Thank you for sharing this translation brother.  We repeatedly reciting this during Eid prayer today and I was wondering what the meaning of the dua was.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Hameedeh in Diabetes Prevention   
    Less nehari, more cardio.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from PureExistence1 in Philosophy And Wahdat Al-Wujud   
    A more objective response to this question from al-Islam.org:  

    What is the ulama's view on "Wahdat-e Wujood"? Is it considered to be
    "Kofr"? Are the believers in this concept "kafir"? I specially like to know
    about Imam's ruling.



    As to the issue of Wahdat-e-Wujood. Let me first tell you that there
    is no consensus among Ulama on this question. It is perhaps the most
    controversial issue among Muslim theologians and philosophers. Therefore
    you should not expect it to be resolved in these few lines.

    Since this issue belongs to the realm of I'ateghadat one cannot look for
    Fatwa in this area. It is an obligation of each Muslim to understand what is
    meant by Tawhid in Islam, for it is the bedrock of Islamic faith. But for you to
    know where I am coming from let me say that I am convinced that without
    believing in Wahdat-e-Wujood, Tawhid does not make sense. Be advised that Allah
    is Ahad and his Ahadiyat as Masumin's (A) traditions explain is not a numerical
    one. In other words he is not one as opposed to two for in that case he would be
    in Arz (parallel to) of others. But if you note in the Holy Quran 58:7 Allah
    (SWT) is mentioned as the fourth of the three, the sixth of the fifth and so on,
    not the fourth of the four or sixth of the six.

    Here are two major schools of thought with regard to Wahdat-e-Wujood, one
    philosophical and one mystical. The philosophical school is mainly
    associated with Mulla Sadra and the mystical with Ibn Arabi. The problem of the
    One and the Many has always been at the heart of metaphysical thinking even
    today those who could solve this problem have preferred to move into what they
    call post metaphysical thinking which does not bother with this question. Even
    political thought today is preoccupied with this problem, minorities' >rights,
    diversity, multi-culturalism, marginalized and localized voices all are terms
    used to discuss the problem of One and Many.

    Mulla Sadra formulated a notion of Wahdat which has room of Kathrat (Many)
    in Wahdat (One). He considered Wojood to be Tashkiki or Zu Marateb (of
    different degrees and level). These levels all are Wujood and not non-Wujood but
    at the same time their differences are real. He used analogy of light. A
    candle's light is light and light of the Sun is also light and between them
    infinite degrees of light. Each degree is distinct from others and at same
    time one identity.

    Ibn Arabi on the other hands formulated the theory of Wahdat Shakhsi-e-Wujood
    (personal unity of Being). For him distinction in Being is meaningless and
    arbitrary, there is no real distinction. The only distinction is the distinction
    of Muhat and Muhit (no proper translation, literally means the circumscribed
    one, and the circumscribing one). Both of these formulation have come under
    sharp criticisms and attack from more traditional views. Certainly there are
    many who believe this is Kufr. Mulla Sadra's view is these days receiving more
    acceptance among traditionalists due to contributions of Imam Khomeini (ra),
    Allameh Tabatabai (ra) and their students to understanding of his position. But
    Ibn Arabi's view is still considered to be radical in contrast to Islam.

    Since you wanted to know Imam Khomeini's opinion on this issue I should know
    that he was a firm admirer of Ibn Arabi and his letter to Mikhail Gorbachov,
    Russian president he referred to Ibn Arabi as "Abar Mard" (the greatest
    man). Allameh Tabatabai was also Ibn Arabi's admirer he is said to have said
    that "all writings on Islam are not worth of two sentences of Ibn Arabi's works
    on Islam".

    Of course as I said he has his own critics and without a serious and
    systematic study of his idea under specialist scholars of his school of
    thought, understanding his theory is impossible.

    I strongly believe that the exploration of the question of the One and Many
    from an Islamic perspective in lights of the idea of Wahdat-e-Wujood could
    be a major contribution to the politics of Islam and human right in Islam. I
    hope this is useful but if one does not have independent study of the issue,
    this might seem confusing. In that case just ignore what I have said.

    With regards,

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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Al Hadi in Is Imam Mehdi Married   



    Assalamu 'alaykum

    The following question was answered by Mulla Asgher

    Salaams & Duas
    Ummulbanin Merali - Moderator - 'Aalim Network


    Does Imam Mahdi have any children? He is sometimes reffered as Abu


    There are certain riwayat (narrations) which indicate that our 12th Imam
    (A.S.) has a family and children. He is known as Abu Swalah on the grounds
    that his eldest son bears that name.

    Asgherali M M Jaffer
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Ali-F in Iraqi cleric urges tolerance toward LGBT people   
    BAGHDAD – Human Rights Watch (HRW) has praised Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr for publicly advocating a humanitarian stance toward the LGBT community, saying they should not be subjected to violence. Last month, Joe Stork, HRW's deputy Middle East director, said, “His statement represents an important change in the right direction and should be followed by concrete actions to protect LGBT people from violence.”

    In a rare, unexpected statement on July 7 about the LGBT community, the leader of the Sadrist movement declared, “[You] must disassociate from them and provide them advice [but] not attack them.” His comment was in response to a letter by a Sadrist supporter who complained about men “acting like women” and “suspicious relations between people of the same gender,” referring to homosexual relationships.
    HRW has documented “serious abuses” by various Iraqi groups, including Sadrists, against LGBT people, who have become a social community in the country. The human rights organization said, “We hope this [new stance by Sadr] will change behavior in successors to the Mahdi Army and other ranks and spur the government to hold accountable those who commit these crimes.”
    The issue has grabbed the attention of Iraqi and Arab media. Sadr’s statement has generated controversy because it contrasts with the positions of other clerics and religious institutions, namely, other Shiite scholars in Iraq as well as in Iran. While clerics in both states preach that Islam forbids homosexuality, the difference lies in the way to address it.
    Sheikh Hussein al-Hashan, a Lebanese Islamic scholar, said in a paper published in the electronic magazine Bayynat, “Forbidding homosexuality in Islamic law is unquestionable as stipulated in many Quranic verses.” Instead of dealing with homosexual behavior as a punishable offense, however, Hashan believes it should be approached as a treatable mental and physical issue. “Treating” people for homosexuality is a common perspective in Islam, but one challenged by the medical community, which considers sexuality an innate characteristic, not a condition in need of being “cured.”
    In Iraq and Lebanon punishment for homosexuality is not stipulated by the law. The situation in Iran, however, is different. Iran's Sharia-based constitution holds homosexuality to be a crime punishable by death. Lesbians, however, can be punished with 100 lashes under Iranian law.
    Commenting on the reasons behind the differing attitudes toward punishment between Iraq and Iran although both countries follow Twelver Shiism, Najaf Hussein al-Khoshaimi, a cleric and Islamic scholar, told Al-Monitor, “The judicial system in Iran is based on the velayet-e faqih [guardianship of jurists], by which Sharia is incorporated into the state. In [Iraq], however, the rules of Islam are separate from the democratic system.” In short, he explained, the two approach Shiite principles on the implementation of Islamic punishments from different perspectives. In Iraqi Shiite thought, Islamic punishments cannot be meted out until the 12th imam returns to create an Islamic state.
    Although homosexuals in Iran face harsh conditions and punishment, the first supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, left a door open for transsexuals by issuing a fatwa in 1986 allowing sex reassignment surgeries. In fact, such procedures are subsidized by the state.
    Ali Murad, a political analyst, told Al-Monitor, “Clerics in Iraq are the most prominent and influential players in opinion making, influencing and orienting opinions. They have the moral right to interfere in all of the state's affairs and the smallest details of the people’s social life.”
    The political author and analyst Hamza Genahee agreed, telling Al-Monitor, “Clerics have a role in Iraqi political and social life.” He added, however, “The religious authority in Najaf only interferes to regulate social affairs, and many of its fatwas are mere responses and answers to the people’s questions.”
    Religiosity is widespread in Iraq, which has contributed to a social culture that requires people to essentially abide by the teachings of Islam. Thus wearing the hijab, for example, has become widespread, and other signs of religious commitment are visible everywhere. This in part stems from the efforts of Islamic preachers.
    Such influence is perhaps why in June the Najaf police reportedly arrested two gay men celebrating their informal marriage. The men defended themselves by pointing to an unidentified fatwa to claim that their marriage did not contradict Sharia.
    Mithal al-Alusi of the Civil Democratic Alliance told Al-Monitor, “Muqtada al-Sadr's position is in line with the stance of most Iraqis rejecting all forms of violence, be it against homosexuals or others,” calling Sadr's position a “message of tolerance.” Hassan Kallabi, a social researcher and health worker at the Hamza al-Gharbi Hospital, in part views the situation similarly. According to him, “The majority in Iraq renounces homosexuality but does not support violence against homosexuals.”

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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Al Hadi in Recommendation Of Marja   
    Ayatullah Seestani is a good default marja. Everyone recognizes his ijtehad and since his materials are pretty widespread, people tend to find him the most accessible.
    What I find interesting about Seestani is people say he is the most knowledgable however there isn't much out there for us to make this determinatin for ourselves. You can get a gist of what's someone's thoughts and ideas are like from their books but in Ayatullah Seestani's I haven't seen much else written by him besides fiqh books...at least in English that is. Ayatullahs Khamenei, Makarem-Shirazi, Fadhlullah, Misbah Yazdi, and others all have at least something published on other subjects.
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    Renaissance_Man got a reaction from Inaayah in Muslim Gays marrying lesbians   
    Yes sex-change operations are legal in Iran but they are intended for transsexuals not gays.
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